Evergreen Park Man Held on $3M Bail In Fatal Shooting of Pal

Witnesses tell cops Richard L. Magnan was waving gun around and pointing it at friends before gun went off, Chicago Tribune reports.

Police booking photo of Richard L. Magnan, 35, of Evergreen Park, IL.
Police booking photo of Richard L. Magnan, 35, of Evergreen Park, IL.

An Evergreen Park man with the words “F--- the World” tattooed across his forehead is being held on $3 million bail in the fatal shooting of a friend over the Fourth of July weekend, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Richard L. Magnan, 35, of Evergreen Park, appeared in bond court on Wednesday afternoon on a charge of first degree murder.

Police said that around 1 a.m. July 5, Magnan shot his friend in the 6200 block of South Austin Avenue in Chicago. Joel Bentley, 30, was discovered in the parking lot of Walgreen’s with a gunshot wound to the abdomen, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Bentley was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in critical condition, where he was pronounced dead. Both Bentley and Magnan were alleged members of the “26” street gang.

The men had drinking been at a Fourth of July party near the Walgreens and had walked over to the parking lot, the paper said. Magnan allegedly grabbed a handgun from his car and was waving it around and pointing it at his friends.

The friends told him to put the gun away when it discharged, fatally wounding Bentley in the abdomen.

Police said that witnesses identified Magnan as the person who fired the fatal shot, according to a news advisory from Chicago Police News Affairs.

Magnan has prior convictions for attempted murder in Illinois and unlawful use of a firearm by a felon in Illinois, the Tribune said.

There were 82 shootings in 84 hours in Chicago over the long holiday weekend, 14 of them fatalities.

Via the Chicago Tribune

Original story, Tuesday, July 8 -- An Evergreen Park man has been charged with first degree murder after police said he fatally shot another man in the early morning hours of July 5.

The charges were announced Tuesday evening against Richard L. Magnan, 35, of the 2600 block of West 90th Place, in Evergreen Park.

Around 1 a.m. July 5, Magnan shot a 30-year-old man in the 6200 block of South Austin Avenue in Chicago, police said.

The victim was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he was pronounced dead.

The shooting was one of dozens that occurred in Chicago, with 82 people reported shot, 14 of them fatally,  the Chicago Tribune reported.

Five people were shot by police, two of them fatally. The long Fourth of July weekend was one of Chicago's most violent on record.

Patch will update this story when more information becomes available.

Bob Nilles July 09, 2014 at 09:36 AM
does he have a tattoo on his ass saying do not enter, cause he is going to need it
Meg July 09, 2014 at 02:36 PM
They say don't judge a book by it's cover, well I'm sorry that's one I wouldn't want to read. And the title on the forehead is his own warning label.
Dr G July 09, 2014 at 05:39 PM
Glad to hear the cops took out a few shines that weekend
OakLawnBill July 10, 2014 at 09:54 AM
I thought the 26 was a Hispanic gang. Another example of a white man taking a Mexican's job.
Becky Vance July 10, 2014 at 05:35 PM
Looks like the tribune needs to get it's so called facts correct...The Chicago Post:Magnan is in custody and charged with involuntary manslaughter, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, and armed habitual criminal. He is set to appear in Cook County Circuit Court at 26th and California on July 28.If you read the article it even says what happened..Not just what people want to hear. http://www.swchicagopost.com/


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